A review of Nigerian players’ performance in Thursday’s Europa League games.

The Europa League returned on Thursday, September 28 and a host of Nigerian players featured for their clubs in Europe.

Chuba Akpom (Arsenal)

Nigerian-born Akpom was on the bench the whole 90 minutes as his Arsenal teammates beat host Bate Borisov 4-2.

His compatriot, Alex Iwobi did not travel with the team because of a minor injury.

Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.)

Super Eagles striker Anthony Nwakaeme scored a consolation for Israeli Champions Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C. in their 3-1 loss to FC Viktoria Plzeň on Thursday.

Nwakaeme was introduced in the 62nd minute and scored seven minutes later.

John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C.)

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Nigeria international midfielder John Ogu played all 90 minutes but could not help Hapoel Be’er Sheva F.C. to avoid a 3-1 defeat to FC Viktoria Plzeň.

Alhaji Gero (Öestersunds)

Alhaji Gero played 90 minutes and scored the winner for Swedish club Oestersunds Fc in their impressive 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

Friday Eze (Koyanspor)

Nigerian striker Eze registered an assist in Koyanspor’s 2-0 win over Vitoria Guimaraes of Portugal.

He assisted his side 24th-minute goal before picking up a yellow card in the 62nd minute.

His compatriot Imoh Ezekiel was an unused substitute for the game.

Alhassan Ibrahim (Austria Wien)

Alhassan Ibrahim played 60 minutes as Austria Wien managed a 2-2 draw at home to AEK Athens of Greece.

The former Akwa United player was booked in the 15th minute of the game.

Peter Olayinka (Zulte- Waregem)

Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka played just the second half in Zulte-Waregem’s 2-0 loss to Lazio.


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